America is at a crossroads. Not only are we about to elect a new president, but a dozen states will elect governors this year. The price of oil is still a fraction of its all-time high, dealing a body blow to the states that depend on it. For the others, the painfully slow recovery from the Great Recession is showing signs of stress just as they start to get their finances back on a solid footing.
That means the competition among states for business, jobs and the qualified workers to fill them is about to intensify, and this is where CNBC's annual America's Top States for Business comes in. Each year, using our tried-and-true methodology, we rank all 50 states across 10 categories that matter the most to business.